Uber CEO – Why Not Marissa Mayer?

Uber CEO – Why Not Marissa Mayer?

Marissa Mayer, the name which we can find in the list of the powerful technology leaders in the world. Though, she is not the CEO of Yahoo! now, we can look forward to the news about her in short time saying that XX company had roped in Marissa as its new CEO. I had assumed that Marissa would be the best bet for the CEO position at Uber.

But, the news about Dara Khosrowshahi (Cause-Row-Sha-hee) as Uber’s new CEO made me dig further more on the reason why Uber did not choose Marissa.

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Here is the latest information. The current Expedia CEO had mentioned that he is planning to accept the CEO of uber position. It is to be noted that there were other leaders too like Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE and HP CEO Meg Whitman in the shortlisted candidate’s list.

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I had started to admire Marissa Mayer – a tech leader with great competency from the moment I saw her one-page resume over the internet via Linkedin.

I had read and followed the news more about Marissa when compared to the other eligible candidates mentioned above. Hence, I am gonna jot down my understanding of why uber had not chosen Marissa for their CEO position.

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Uber – A Company With No Shepherd For Now:

Yes, the leading transportation service provider in the world is without a CEO since June after the founder CEO Travis Kalanick had moved out. With the negative images gained recently, the company needs a most efficient person to lead. To bring them back to track especially to erase the negative impressions from the memory of their own employees and the users who rely on this great startup.

Qualities That Uber Might Have Looked For In A Candidate:

  • Experience in the field of Travel and Transportation.
  • A person who will go along rather than dominating.
  • Peer friendly leader.
  • A leader with more positive feedback on their records.
  • An individual who can positively impact the employee morale.
  • A person who can help grow the revenue of the company

All these being said, let us now see the reasons that could have forced Uber to drop Marissa Mayer’s name from the CEO pick list.

All the below mentioned are purely based on what I had read and learned from various sources. Some of you might deny some points too but still, I am going ahead…

Why Not Marissa Mayer?

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May be because,

  • She is a person who had got more products based experience and not operational based.
  • Her style of work. She relies more on data-driven management and very particular about everything in detail.
  • The peer feedback – People who had worked under her leadership says that she is robotic.
  • Approval rating as per glass door went down from 99% in 2012 to 64% at the time of Marrisa leaving the company.
  • She is not inclined towards delegation.
  • Marissa does not speak much even with the people who directly report to her unless required.
  • Read that she had once micromanaged a senior person when that person’s team members were present.
  • She is not always punctual.

Everyone has got their own style of work which sometimes becomes a hit and sometimes a flop. This awesome tech leader had lost the grace because of the above-mentioned traits as some of them did not go well with her peers and people around.

Why Dara Khosrowshahi?

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  • He is the CEO of Expedia, a travel company. Remember that Trivago advertisement nowadays on TV? It is also owned by Expedia.
  • Has also got the required finance background with a stint of 7 years at Allen & Co bank.
  • A Great leader according to the employees of Expedia.
  • He has a proven track record of increasing the revenue of Expedia from $2.1 billion in 2005 to $8.7 billion in 2016.
  • Honored as a Highest Rated CEO with an approval rate of 93% according to the glass door.
  • A friendly and outspoken type.
  • He is surrounded by relatives with huge potential in the field of business as well as in the technology area.

The Take Away’s:

Both Marissa Mayer and Dara Khosrowshahi are great leaders and there is no doubt about it.

But still, from the above mentioned Why and Why Not, it is very clear on what is required to become a “Highly” successful leader.

I am using the term as “Highly” as I strongly believe that Marissa is also a successful leader.

Who has not got negatives?

I agree, that certain things did not go well for Marissa at Yahoo but that does not mean that it is going to be like that forever.

From my understanding on what I read about Marissa, she is a great listener. That is one of the best and great trait a business leader should have. She is a role model for many.

Keeping my fingers crossed now to hear the news about the firm which she would soon be leading.

Happy Tuesday ūüôā

Top 10 Things To Do When You Feel Stuck @ Workplace

Are You Stuck?

There are times when our mind gets frozen/stuck making us difficult to arrive at a decision. Some times when we are at the workplace and at times when we are at our home too. To get stuck or to experience indecisiveness is not very uncommon in our daily machine life.

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We might find that we enter into a wishy-washy state in two kinds of scenarios.

  1. When we reach a point where we don’t find any more solution for an issue.
  2. When we have a lot of thoughts in mind but unable to act towards one.

Scenario – 1:

There is nothing in our world without a solution. The only thing what we need to do to tackle this scenario is to change the way we approach a problem in question.

My Experience With Scenario 1:

It was in the year 2011 and it was already past 11 PM. I was breaking my head at the work place while writing an ABAP logic as a part of my assignment. Though the program was written correctly, I was unable to get rid of the syntax error the system had thrown.

With most of the workstations empty, it was just my colleague-friend named Jeswanth Kadali and I in one of the conference room. My friend is a person who had started his career as an ABAP programmer.

Though it was just a cake walk for him to spot an issue in programs, that day the time was not in our favor. It was 11.30 PM already and we were unable to identify the reason for the error. My hopes drained, our eyes were dry and our minds were stuck with no alternatives.

With no options hitting our brain, I had pinged my onsite counterpart and explained the issue. He signed in into the system and confirmed that he sees a message “Syntax Check Successful” at the status bar of the SAP GUI. Awesome, we both sighed with a smile.

What Was The Issue?

None. We had looked at the issue in all major aspects. The only thing which we had missed is that we never tried to log out of the system and log in again. I am sure that most of the SAP consultants would have faced this scenario at least once in their career :).

A simple approach that we had overlooked, would have saved us time.

Scenario – 2:

The only thing needed to handle scenario 2 is a break. A human brain is a miracle. A medium that can make a person reach greater heights if utilized well. Giving our brain a break can be related to how we give rest to an electronic appliance or a machine after a long run by turning it off.

How To Unlock Ourselves When We Are Stuck?

Sitting idle will not help us to free up our brain. Do not wait.

Focus on to some simple tasks which we can complete in no time. The progression we had made in the new task will clear the mind.

The task you choose need not be specific to your work. It can be somewhat stupid too as I had mentioned below in this article.

Simple But Productive Tasks To Do When We Are Stuck:

  • Move from your place, stretch yourself or walk.

– You can move around to refill the water bottle.

  • Try Box Breathing technique to unlock your stuck mind.

– Navy Teams practice this technique to calm their nervous system and to remain stable at the time of stress.

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  • Look at someone who is highly involved in a task.

– We have got something called “Mirror Neurons” in our brain. When we see someone who is working hard, that activates the mirror neurons of our brain. These neurons in our brain make us feel as though we are doing that task.

Ever thought about the below mentioned?

Why do we cry when we see an emotional scene in a movie?

or

Why do we feel bad when we come across an accident on a road?

It is none other than the mirror neurons that play a role here.

  • Clean your desk. If it’s already clean, clean the keyboard and the display of your laptop.

– Keyboards are the place where bacteria’s stays due to dirt accumulation.

– We need to switch off and switch on our Android cell phones at least once in two days. Doing so would clear the cache files, in turn, saves memory and will respond faster.

  • Move low priority emails to their respective folders in the mailbox.

– Execute the email rules you had set.

  • Watch that favorite clip that motivates you or makes you smile.
  • Listen to one good song that makes you forget every thing for few minutes.
  • Clean up or move unwanted old files and documents from the home screen of your computer to a folder.

– Having our files and documents organized well save us time when there is a need.

The Funny Act:

Below is one of the stupid/funny things that we can do to unlock our brain.

If you have a close friend/colleague nearby, press the seat lever of their chair. Do this with caution and only to your close friends.

– It creates laughter around you. Bring smiles on your friends face.

To bring a smile on others face is a great thing.

The above mentioned are not the only simple things we have got. Every individual will have their own interest making the options more dynamic. Do share these techniques with your friends and colleagues when you find them stuck.

If you have got some other approaches to unlock minds, feel free to share those in the comments section. Your approach might help many people who read this post.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2773693/

How to Reduce Stress by Breathing Like a Navy SEAL

Software Jobs – Our Paychecks Stops, The Moment We Stop Working.

How safe are our software jobs?

The term pink slip is not something which we haven’t heard about before when it comes to software jobs. But, what’s new is the number or the count of pink slips being issued by the software based employers to their employees.

Our Paychecks Stops, The Moment We Stop Working.

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Whom should we blame here?

To blame is very easy.

Some of us might feel that the software companies and the market conditions are the ones to be blamed. But, if we look a bit more, we the employees do have a role to play in this blame game.

None of the providers of the software jobs in India or in the world mention or ever mentioned saying that the job offered is permanent. I do not think that we have got such a clause in the offer letters we receive.

But, what we do have is a clause saying that there is a possibility of termination based on the performance and some of the other criteria’s. When it comes to performance, it is not wholly the employees but also the performance of the employer. This is something which we are witnessing for the past few months around the world.

Automation – An Evolving Term:

Automation had always proved that they can help the information technology sector companies. It ensures to keep the profit statistics of a company to go high on the green in the profit and loss statement.

The term Automation – known for gulping good numbers of head counts and make m disappear in the job market in no time. From my perspective, it is the major competing force which stands against a software developer who physically works when comes to job security.

All these being said, there is one thing we should remember always. The huge number of lines of code written for that automation to work is not something which had fallen from the sky one fine day. We, the software engineers are the brain behind those lines of code which is the crux for the automation to work.

India – Not The Only Destination For Companies Abroad:

There was a time when software developers in India are the most preferred by developed countries. But, that scenario is no longer valid.

I have seen some of the clients focusing on to the professionals in Ukraine when compared to the professionals in the software jobs in India. The main reason towards this change is the billing rate. The perspective of the companies abroad had changed. They believe that it is very easy to get a person scale up in a new technology if the person can communicate and understand the opposite party.

The above is the best reason why people from under developed countries too had started to focus learning the global language English.

The Good & The Bad News:

With respect to the software jobs in India – There is a good drop in the numbers of the issuance of pink slips. But in parallel the hike percentage, an employee receives and received so far is also at the lower level. These things do not mean that our jobs are secure and the market is back to normal or picking up.

As we all know already. Yes, it is a rough patch for the software jobs in India and this rough patch has come to stay for a while.

It is very evident,

– when we compare the total number of the jobs created by companies this year and the previous year.

– when we compare the salary hikes given this year with the previous year.

– Also, from the podcasts of many HR professionals from some of the software firms.

How To Secure Our Jobs?

With Automation on the left and organizational restructuring on the right, we still have got few options.

Issuance of pink slips will not stop but what we as an employee can do is to upskill ourselves. The term up-skill had found a great spot in the dictionaries of a software jobs provider as well as a software developer.

Realizing the need to up-skill and improving our knowledge is the best option we have got if we want to secure our jobs in this era. This is applicable not only for the software jobs in India but for all the software professionals around the world.

The Attitude:

The first and the foremost is to change our perspective or attitude towards our jobs. Instead of thinking how to safeguard our jobs, think on how to regularize our paychecks. Without a paycheck, we are nothing. But, remember paychecks are not dependent on one single employer.

The Tips:

  • Do Not Lose Hope

– The company in which we are now is not the only one. If not this then some other company, remember that.

  • Up-Skill/Re-Skill

– Accommodate yourself to learn new niche skills. The software jobs market sees a good number of new technologies daily. Nowadays, they are like the mushrooms that grow after rains.

– For instance, there are big names like SAP HANA, Big Data, Hadoop, Cloud, Internet Of Things (IoT) and more.

– Online websites like Udemy, Cloudera and more can help us learn new technologies without wasting time on commuting.

  • Learn Coding

– Some people do not feel comfortable with coding. But, if you a re person who likes coding, then sharpen your skill further.

For example, in the field of SAP technology. ABAP developers play a role of a coder where they write codes in the application layer of the system. But with the introduction of SAP HANA, the old coding techniques are not always helpful. The SAP technology has got a term now referring ABAP On HANA with some tweaking’s on the approach.

  • Learn New Language

– Mastering a new language is an incredible gift.

– Try mobile applications like Duolingo to learn new languages. 30 minutes of our time daily with this app can help us learn a new language.

– Software companies in India had already reduced their focus towards the USA market. Learning a foreign language will project you as a great asset to your employer. It won’t be wise for them to cut you down.

  • Advertise Yourself

– Nobody will project your efficiency to your boss if not you. If you cannot showcase yourself, then you are doing a big mistake.

  • Be Consistent

– Being consistent helps you to taste Success.

– It is very easy to achieve a certain level but the difficulty lies in how we keep that level. Consistency is the only one that can help here.

  • Manage Time

– People who manage their time well had never failed in their career and life.

– Reach office on time and leave at the correct time.

– Ensure not to miss a deadline of your tasks.

  • When You Don’t Know, Raise The Flag – Ask

– Asking is one of the traits which employers look for. By asking things you do not know in your work, you not only gain knowledge but also shows your willingness to learn.

  • Listen & Let Your Actions Speak

– Empty vessels make noise. Listening is a very powerful weapon when it comes to career.

  • Motivate Others

– Be a go to person.

– Inspire others by your knowledge and behavior.

– Drive people to go beyond their ability and help them achieve an extra mile whenever possible.

  • Put Yourself In Other’s Shoes

– If we cannot understand what others feel, then we are nothing. This is one of the critical aspects which we need to have at the workplace.

  • Build Your Network & Resume

– Building professional network plays a great role in a successful career.

– It is important that we update our resume once in three months at least. If you do not have anything to update, then stop – you are in a wrong direction.

  • Treat Everyone With Respect

– Everyone is good at something. No one is good at everything.

– Never underestimate others especially at work. You will never know when he/she would become your boss.

  • Think, How To Become An Employer

– Love your job, not the employer. You will never know when you would be asked to leave.

– Read technical as well as non-technical books, try to come up with ideas which will help you become a boss.

Software jobs are very volatile like a Bitcoin digital currency nowadays. It is going to be that way for long.

We cannot prevent any employers of the software jobs to stay away from trimming their work force. Same goes with the automation and organizational restructurings.

But, it is our responsibility to ensure that we stay in the software job market at least until we close our home, study, and auto loans.

Ask This Question By Standing Infront Of A Mirror:

How long can we run a family without a paycheck?

Our Savior credit card will not help us for long.

Do you sleep at work?

Do you get an urge to sleep at work?

It is always good to have a real quick sleep at work after lunch. When I say it’s good, I am referring to the 15-30 minutes nap. A¬†Good Sleep plays an important role in finalizing a person’s success in career and in life.

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Companies in Japan had initiated sleep at work policy to encourage their employees to take a quick nap after lunch. Short sleep at work after lunch is proven to increase the productivity of the employees.

Besides, it is very normal for people to sleep off when they are dog tired but not all the times.

Remember that too much of anything is good for nothing. If you think that your sleep pattern falls into the abnormal category then it is time for you to dig on to it to find the root cause and take necessary actions.

Lack of sleep during the night can be because of Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Parasomnias etc.

Reasons why people sleep at work:

  • Due to lack of interest towards the job.

– This is one of the major reason why people get bored at the office, in turn, sleep at work.

– Due to routine boring tasks.

  • Due to lack of opportunities.

– There are times when we would be totally free with very less to no work. For example, software professionals who support their clients abroad usually receive lesser work during Christmas holidays.

  • Due to Medical issues.

РPeople with underactive thyroid are most likely to sleep during the day due to lethargic nature.

– Hormonal imbalances.

  • Due to lack of sleep during the night.

– It is highly recommended to get at least 6 – 8 hours of sleep.

– Sleep Deprivation leads to fatigue during daytime, anxiety issues, depression and more.

  • Due to Narcolepsy in other words sleep attacks which are known to occur during the day might also be the reason why you sleep during the day.
  • Due to heavy workouts & stress.

– Beginners who hit the fitness centers are more likely to sleep at work due to body pains.

  • Due to excessive consumption of meals during lunch.

– Tasty food items lure people with great taste buds. Ha.. ha.. ha.. just kidding. But, it’s true that people who consume rice in large quantities sleep off during the day.

  • Due to lack of brain chemical Dopamine.

– The release of brain chemical Dopamine is responsible for the human to get Motivated.

  • Due to an intake of certain medications.

– For example, pills like Cetirizine and cough syrups like Benadryl.

  • Due to jet lags.

How to avoid sleeping at work?

  • Sleep well during the night. Ensure that you get adequate sleep.
  • Cut down on sugar intake.
  • Turn off or stay away from your cell phone at least an hour before you go to the bed. It is proven that the blue light from the mobile devices leads to sleep disorders by affecting our eyes.

Tip: There are apps like Twilight which helps to arrest blue light which gets emitted from the mobile screen to some extent.

  • Do not overstuff yourself with food items. Know your limits.
  • Stay Motivated.
  • Interact with people around you. Building networks at the workplace can help in a great way in our career.
  • Keep yourself occupied with activities like reading books, listening to good music, write about something etc.
  • Speak to your manager for additional responsibilities whenever you have the bandwidth.
  • Get involved in extra curricular activities and events at the work place. For example, events like Toastmasters, code hackers etc. would not only keep you occupied but also gives you a great exposure.
  • Call your friends in other companies over the phone and say “Hi”.Utilize the time to stay in touch with your friends and ex-colleagues instead of sleeping.
  • You can also refresh yourself by playing games on your mobile with your friends. Games like 8 ball pool, Asphalt, clash of clans etc can be played on a multiplayer mode. This will just help you to refresh yourself and keep you away from sleeping.

16 Best Things To Do Every Day In The Morning

How to jump start your everyday morning?

Below are the top 16 best things on how to jump start your everyday morning.

At Home:

 

  • Rise up early from the bed. Place your bed spread and pillow back in place.

Tips:

  • Go to bed early so that you get enough sleep.

Set 2 – 3 alarms in your phone with an interval of 10 – 15 minutes, so that you are waking up at least on the 3rd alarm.

  • Listen to Good Music.

Tips:

  1. Hear spiritual songs or your favorite melody tracks.
  2. Give ear to the Classics / Baroque  / Jazz music.
  • Jog / Walk / Hit the Gym / Do Yoga.

Tip: Think that you are investing now for a great payoff in the long run.

  • Drink at least 500 milliliters to 1 liter of water on an empty stomach.

Tip: Warm water can do wonders in our body.

  • Take care of some of the regular errands from your partner at home to reduce the load so that she also gets some time for her.

Tips:

  1. You can help your school going kid to get ready.
  2. Pick up the newspaper and milk packets from the main door. It is just a small tiny task but with a possibility to overlook.
  3. Help to cut the vegetables.
  4. Take your pet animal for a walk.
  • Do not jump into Whatsapp / Facebook or similar, if you cannot resist do not stay on it for long.

Tip: Try to forget the social networking sites. They just eat our time.

  • Do not skip breakfast. Do not forget to take your pills if applicable.

Tips:

  1. A bowl of oats/cereals with milk.
  2. An apple & boiled egg.
  3. Munch on Almonds & Walnuts just to ensure that you do not leave your stomach empty.

After Breakfast:

  • Plan your day based on how you want the day to go. Refer to weather forecast app.

Tips:

  1. Prepare a To Do list on your phone.
  2. I use apps like Any Do & One Note to maintain a  to do list and record the completion. They are awesome.
  • Pray to God / Meditate.

Tip: Can’t we spend 5 – 10 minutes to Thank Almighty for giving us another day? There are people who never woke up the next morning.

At the Workplace:

 

  • Start early so that you reach office on time.

Tips:

  1. Leave home at the time when you can avoid traffic.
  2. Refer google maps and choose the route so that you can save some time.
  • Be courteous on the road while driving. Wear seat belt/helmet while driving/riding.

Tips:

  1. Do not Honk unless required.
  2. Stick to traffic rules. Over-speeding would lead to a mess.
  • Greet your colleagues with a “Hello” / “Hi” / “Good Morning”. Do not forget to wear a smile.

Tips:

  1. Treat others just like how you want to be treated.
  2. Never forget that every individual has got talents.
  • Prepare a table to categorize the work related tasks.

Tip: Split the tasks into four categories as mentioned below and work on it.

1 . Important / Urgent
2. Important / Not urgent
3. Not Important / Urgent
4. Not Important / Not Urgent

  • Try to concentrate on the toughest task once you hit your work place.

Tip: Completing the toughest or vague tasks early would help you close your day relaxed and successful.

  • Keep a water bottle at your desk so that you consume enough fluids. It will ensure that you get an opportunity to walk at least once in an hour or two.

Tip: Choose water bottles with a fruit diffuser for a refreshing drink.

What to do next?

Guide your friends as well on How to jump start your everyday morning. Help them also experience the best possible impacts on their life by following these 16 things just by sharing the information.

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